‘Bo Days returns for the Class of 2026
For the first time in three years, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will welcome thousands of high school students to campus this month for a batch of renowned Jumbo Days – known as “Bo Days” – in hopes of offer members of the admitted class a glimpse into life at Tufts. In-person events, spread across six dayswill complete a one-month offer of virtual programming for admitted studentsarpandemic.
During in-person ‘Bo Days, prospective students can expect tours, student and faculty panels, and lunch prepared by Tufts Dining, according to Paz Pitarque, senior assistant director of undergraduate admissions.
“For the ‘Bo Days, we will be offering a half-day meeting with select current students, be they tour guides, our Admission Fellows, and students representing DSDI centers,” Pitarque wrote in an e-mail. -email to the Daily.
Welcoming future students to campus requires more planning during the pandemic, Pitarch Noted. Tufts has narrowed the scope of ‘Bo Days, compared to the pre-pandemic Jumbo Days.
“A big difference will be the number of people we can accommodate on campus“, Pitarch wrote. “We want to be mindful of the number of people we welcome to campus and for capacity reasons we expect around 300 guests each ‘Bo Day. We will also do lunch and registration outside.”
She also noted that, this year, prospective students will not be allowed to stay in residence halls overnighta landmark experience from the days of admitted students that represents another victim of the pandemic.
In accordance with university health guidelines, campus visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear disposable 3-ply or KN95 masks indoors.
Haitong Du, a tour guide, said prospective students are allowed inside campus buildings except for halls of residence. Du, an elderly person, added that ‘Bo Days’ tours will focus more on the guides’ individual experiences on Tufts rather than the school as a whole.
Pitarch said virtual content for this year’s Jumbo Month will remain similar to last year, with mock classes and social events.
“Many current student volunteers have signed up on our Tufts Admitted Student Network (TASN) platform and they open up discussions with students, serving as resources when students ask questions such as “Which grocery store is closest to the campus?” students likely to be interested in certain student organizations,” Pitarch wrote.
Pitarque added that virtual events are essential for all prospective students to learn about Tufts in an accessible way, as coming to campus for “Bo Days” may not be financially feasible for some.
“We generally ask any student who might need some type of assistance to come to campus, to contact our office directly.“, Pitarch wrote. “However, like last year, much of our effort is focused on Jumbo Month where we aim to make Tufts as accessible as possible to all admitted students.”
However, virtual admissions events cannot fully replicate the experience of a physical visit to campus, according to Du and Aarav Guptaa freshman entrant.
“Although I have never attended admitted student days in person as a tour guide, I could guess that extended in-person exchanges were much more comfortable and efficient,” Du wrote. “Many admitted students make the final decision when they visit and ‘experience’ the campus in person, so I’m looking forward to…’Bo Days this year.”
Gupta said he applied to Tufts through the Early Decision II program in January.
“I wish I had done more in-person tours, as I’m sure it helps you understand the school better, but I only did one, which turned out to be Tufts,” Gupta said. at the Daily.
Gupta said it was very important to him to be able to meet other freshmen and future Tufts students in person and on campus, even as an engaged student.
“I got to know people [through social media], but it’s not the same once you really meet them in person and get to know them that way,” Gupta said. “That’s why I kind of pushed to go for it [‘Bo] daytime.”
Gupta added that after realizing that the opportunity to come to campus and connect with future freshmen was not available the previous two years, he thinks it is worth meeting. their peers in advance.
The most important thing for Pitarch and the Admissions Team in designing ‘Bo Days struck the balance between hosting exciting events for admitted students and maintaining a COVID-19 safe environment for the rest of the community. on the campus.
“Much of our planning has considered things like room capacities, vaccination requirements, finding the right balance of outdoor and indoor activities with our guests.“, Pitarch wrote. “We hope that, although our events are smaller this year, students will be able to better understand the Tufts community, whether through ‘Bo Days or Jumbo Month – or both!”